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Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Ranked #1 of 1,293 Beijing B&B and Inns
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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“Retreat from Beijing, enjoy amazing views, luxury, peace”
Reviewed 2 January 2012

After 9 days in Hong Kong and Beijing, my wife and I were looking for a relaxing retreat from the cities - and boy did we find it at Brickyard. Just 90 minutes from the city, Brickyard is a serene escape with breathtaking views of the nearby mountains and The Great Wall - and of course the village of Mutianyu. Everyone at Brickyard (and nearby Schoolhouse) were so welcoming, warm and attentive. When we checked in we were one of only two rooms so we pretty much had the place to ourselves - majestic! Our room (middle block of rooms) was so relaxing, mostly because we didn't have a TV. It forced us, initially, to just hang out, sit by the fireplace and play board games.

The food at both Brickyard and Schoolhouse were fabulous. I highly recommend the duck confit with risotto.

One word of caution if you go during December, or any cold month. Bundle up! We LOVED how eco-friendly the hotel is, but be warmed that it can be chilly if you're not prepared. Luckily the friendly staff always have hot tea and homemade cookies for you.

We highly recommend this fabulous retreat.

Room Tip: Ask for a room in the middle section (second 2 I believe). This has probably the best view of the wa...
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

One of several locations just outside of Beijing to see the Great Wall, Mutianyu and the Schoolhouse and its collective properties, including the Brickyard, is an excellent base from which to see this magnificent world wonder. Ninety percent of the area here is forested, so very green - a nice break from urban China.

Dropped off at the Schoolhouse, our room not yet ready, our first view of the Great Wall was from the second floor patio of the cafe. Afterward, we decided to walk to the wall and luckily, one member of the staff guided us to the path to the Wild Wall. For any one with even a faint sense of adventure this is the best way to see the Wall initially.

The Brickyard is at some distance from the Schoolhouse, but we were taken there by van. The rooms are quite spacious and modern with extremely comfortable beds and floor to ceiling windows that look out over The Great Wall in the distance. The floor plan is completely open with the bathroom area elevated and separated by a wall from the bedroom (but no doors.) The included breakfast, served in an airy cafe, was clean and tasty.

It is a bit on the expensive side for China but well worth the splurge. The entire staff is very welcoming and everyone speaks English which made the experience that much easier.

Room Tip: I believe every room has a view of the Wall.
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  • Stayed September 2011, travelled as a couple
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Beijing, China
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Reviewed 28 December 2011

Very good Christmas week-end. The rooms are beautiful and very clean, the staff friendly and helpfull, cosy atmosphere. The food is also very tasty, but to me a bit over priced. Incredible breakfast buffet! A lot of options for hiking the Great wall. It was just amazing!!

Room Tip: The deluxe rooms with the beautiful view on the Great wall are definitely awesome!
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  • Stayed December 2011, travelled with family
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Vancouver, Canada
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Reviewed 1 December 2011

The Brickyard is a fantastic place to relax and take in the fresh air. The deluxe rooms overlooking the wall have a great view, the staff are friendly and the food is great. I would highly recommend this place!!

Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Reviewed 28 November 2011

The Brickyard is perfect. No, that isn't true according to some strict checklist of hotel characteristics--a few bugs get in (you are in the wilderness); if you're a light sleeper, you may not like the huge windows and skylights you can't cover up against the morning sun seeping in; and personally, I could do without the lack of door separating the toilet from the rest of the room. But it all adds up to a magical place and a perfect experience nonetheless.

The staff is incredibly friendly and treats you like a friend from the moment you arrive. Check-in is at the rustic and charming clubhouse/bar area, which also serves as breakfast room (for a delicious full hot breakfast) and hang-out. Then the staff escorts you to your room, which inevitably has sensational views, attractive decor, and fluffy linens mixed in with modern conveniences like wifi and an iPod dock.

The location is perfect for a getaway from Beijing, whether you live there or are just visiting, and you have easy access to the Great Wall, hiking trails, and local village life. You can also use the hotel's van to go over to their sister restaurant/art center, the Schoolhouse, for some great meals. We took a bus arranged by the hotel from Beijing, but they can also arrange a car pick-up.

Overall, we couldn't have been happier with our night at the Brickyard and would certainly recommend it for visitors to the Wall looking to avoid the rushed and harried few hours that most tourists going to Mutianyu experience.

  • Stayed November 2011, travelled as a couple
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Property: Brickyard Retreat at Mutianyu Great Wall
Address: Yingbeigou Village, Beijing 101405, China
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Region: China > Beijing
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Centre with Internet Access Fitness Centre with Gym / Workout Room Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Restaurant Spa Suites
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 1,293 B&Bs / Inns in Beijing
Price range (per night): ₹ 9,392 - ₹ 29,473
Number of rooms: 33
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
The Brickyard is a lush and private eco-retreat that incorporates the kilns and other buildings of a traditional glazed tile factory in a design which is "green" from the ground up. The 16 queen rooms all have private terraces and story-and-a-half window walls with spectacular views of the Great Wall. Wireless internet but no TVs. Complimentary breakfast buffet and coffee, soft drinks, and homemade cookies all day the Lodge, where casual meals and bar service are also offered. The Activity Center is fully-equipped for conferences. The Brickyard Spa is set in our four-season garden with lotus pond and yoga platform. Enjoy complimentary use of the Exercise Room and the Outdoor Jacuzzi (available May). Try a Chinese massage or relax in the Spa's Gold Suite with Great Wall view sauna, private bath, treatment room, and courtyard with outdoor shower and cold plunge. ... more   less 
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